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5 Great Tips to Handle Stress

Aug 8th 2010 at 7:33 PM

Stress has always been a part of our lives. In this hectic time, people lead an increasingly stressful life.

Experts state that a little stress can be good; it keeps you sharp and ready to move forward, and is sometimes vital for achieving optimum performance.

However, medical research has determined that prolonged stress is very bad for the body, and can block the body's natural ability to repair, regenerate and protect itself. Over 90% of disease is caused by stress.

Stress is both a physical and psychological response. It can lead to chronic disease, obesity, insomnia, deteriorating relationships, depression, and more.

Stress is such a powerful and harmful force that it is vital that you learn effective stress management techniques to live a successful, happy, and healthy life.

We must remember that we will always come across inevitable factors that cause pressure and anxiety on us. What we do not know is that it is not really the problems that are difficult to deal with, but our attitude towards them. So basically, the cause of stress is your attitude toward these things. What, then, is an effective way to deal with stressors?

Below are 5 great tips to handle stress.

1. Identify what makes you stressful and uneasy. Making a list of your stressful experiences is useful. Immediately deal with the issues that you can change, for instance waking up earlier for work in the morning, not leaving things till the last minute, and delegating tasks in case you are taking responsibility for everything. Forget about the issues that you cannot influence like being stuck in a traffic jam or not getting into the elevator because there is no room for you.

2. Calm down. A few minutes break would do you good. Wash your face, breath slowly and deeply, and notice if there is tension in any part of your body and release it. You can also listen to relaxing music, or call a friend. Releasing your inner feelings to a friend is healthy option.

3. It will pass and it will be over before you know it. Remind yourself that the stressful event will end sooner or later can make you see the positive sides of things. At the same time, calm down your emotions and think of what is the best thing to do rather than take your energy away from what needs to be done.

4. Know yourself. Ask yourself: What triggers your anxiety? If for example it is your job, then maybe it’s time for you to reconsider whether it would be best to find a less stressful job. You can also make your job more tolerable by allowing yourself to get that needed vacation or leave.

5. Learn to use your relaxation response. Just as we all have within us the stress response, we also have an opposite response, which is the relaxation response. A person should elicit that on a regular basis. The relaxation response involves two steps. Repetition, the repetition can be a word, a sound, an expression, or a repetitive movement.

The second step is to ignore other thoughts that come to your mind while you're doing the repetition, and come back to the repetition. The technique should be used once or twice a day for about 15 minutes. Sit quietly and choose a suitable repetition, like a prayer, the sound Om, or the word love, or calm.

Or you can do a repetitive exercise, for instance yoga, jogging, Reiki. Additional repetitive activities are knitting or handicraft. When you incorporate this into your everyday life, you become calmer and better able to handle the stressors. Practice makes perfect and the more you practice relax your mind, the easier it gets. The true causes of stress are not the problems or negative experiences that you encounter in your life; but your attitude toward them.

So, the trick is to change your attitude and to develop a relaxed state, because you cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time. It is important to understand that what we focus on, we energize. The more you continue to think about the factors that cause your stress, the more energy you give it. So it is vital to let go and focus on relaxation instead.

Consequently, you're less likely to be upset by a stressor, and thus less likely to have its harmful effect occur. Eventually, it is your choice. You could either continue to react in the same stressful way, or you could choose to improve your life by changing your attitude and becoming relaxed. There’s no other way around it.

Please to comment
Jan 2nd 2011 at 8:02 PM by LonnieG
Great tips for getting through busy days! Much success to you in 2011! ~LonnieG
Nov 3rd 2010 at 12:23 AM by bmshepp
Thanks Grant
Oct 16th 2010 at 9:17 PM by drkelp
Good article Bronzilla, Peace, Grant
Sep 7th 2010 at 9:40 AM by bmshepp
Your welcome Rob and thanks for sharing on facebook.
Aug 17th 2010 at 12:55 AM by robdomanesq
Yes we can only change ourselves, not everybody else. Seems unfair sometimes, but that's the way it is, lol. Sharing this on Facebook - thanks for the article - Rob
Aug 9th 2010 at 4:47 PM by bmshepp
Thank you Lisa And Louise. I am glad to be of inspiration for you.
Aug 9th 2010 at 3:30 AM by lulubel
I really like this article. I'm generally a pretty relaxed person, but there are certain things in my life that really cause me stress. I react to stress by getting angry rather than worried or anxious, and it had never occured to me to think that THINGS don't make me angry, it's my choice to react that way rather than concentrating on relaxing and staying calm. I've bookmarked this page so I can read it again every time I feel like things are getting out of control. Thanks.
Aug 8th 2010 at 10:39 PM by lwash524
This is a great article, Bronzilla. I have recently had some major changes in my life that culminated due to stress that was starting to cause medical issues. This is a really important message to get out there to people. Thumbs up!

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